Fannin County could see doe-hunting days quadruple next hunting season

FANNIN COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) Texas Parks and Wildlife are asking for your input on some changes to White-tailed Deer hunting in Fannin and Hunt counties.

Texas Parks and Wildlife is proposing expanding "doe days" in Fannin County and 19 other Texas counties to control the population.

Right now there are four days, usually during Thanksgiving weekend, where local hunters can take antler-less deer without a special deer permit.

But the proposal would quadruple that to 16 consecutive days.

"They make their predictions based off counts in individual counties."

Pat Garrard is the co-owner of Whitewright Armory, a local gun shop and hunting supplies store.

"There's an oversupply of doe, so they're looking to increase and cut down on doe population," Garrard said.

Local hunter Allen West says the bag limit of doe will still be the same: two all season.

But hunters will have more time to find them.

"Now, it's four days in a row. if you can't make it, you don't get to hunt at all," West said.

That is unless you pay $49 a year for an antler-less permit to hunt on managed land.

West is all for the change, and so is Fannin County hunter Bart Tadlock.

"You can space your time out," he said, "And one thing is the families can get out together too."

Parks and Wildlife are taking public comment until Tuesday.

You can find more information and share your opinion here: https://tpwd.texas.gov/business/feedback/public_comment/